spending time together as a family often gets neglected due to other responsibilities and social obligations. National Family Week, which is from November 20 – 26, is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your family and re-establish the habit of having more quality time with each other. Whether you take a vacation together or have a family dinner every night, National Family Week can help you strengthen your family bond.
Take a vacation
During National Family Week, take a vacation together either for the entire week or at least for a day or two. Go camping, skiing or to an amusement park, but wherever you go, some time away out of the usual environment will do some good. Decide together as a family where to go so everyone can be happy with the decision. If you're looking for day trips out of NYC, The New York Times has a list of travel guides for some wonderful options.
Have dinner as a family
Make an effort during National Family Week to have dinner together every night as a family. It can encourage all of you to talk more with each other and share thoughts about your day. If possible, cook dinner together as well. After the week is over, if you cannot keep up with having family dinner every night of the week, at least set one night each week when all of you can sit down together without having to rush off somewhere. If you would rather go out to eat than eat in, check out Zagat New York for a huge list of restaurant options.
Plan a family night
A family night can allow you to have bonding time together and improve your communication skills. Play board games, see a Broadway play, visit a museum, or even just walk around a park. Start family night during National Family Week, and continue doing it every week, or at least every other week, to keep up the positive experience.
Volunteering is great to do on your own, but even better to do together as a family. You get to share the experience and give back to others – it also makes you feel more grateful for what you have. There are many volunteer opportunities across NYC; to find one that's right for you and your family, visit VolunteerMatch.org.
Visit a bookstore
A bookstore is one of those underrated places that turns into a great experience if you stay longer than just running in and out to make a quick purchase. Walk through the aisles and several books will trigger memories and spur conversations. Browse through different books and magazines, sit down together and have a snack, debate which books and authors are better than others, and talk about what books you want to read. To find a bookstore in your area of NYC, browse the NYC bookstores list on ny.com.
Go to a sports game
If there's one thing that can bond a family, it's coming together over the love of the same sports team. Even if you're not much of a sports fan but your kids are or your spouse is, give it another shot by going to a sports game. There are quite a few people who hate watching sports on TV, but love going to a game (or vice versa). Check out Ticketmaster for a list of games going on from November 20 – 26.
The key to keeping up with doing things as a family is to actually make it fun, especially when it involves kids and teens. National Family Week is a good opportunity to prove to family members that spending time together doesn't have to be lame or boring, that it can be a great experience that brings you closer together.
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